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Making Merit by killing goldfish

Making Merit by killing goldfish

Life and culture in Thailand never ceases to amaze. When you think you have seen it all in Thailand, something new comes along and surprises you all over again. Rather…

Gold (not diamonds) is a Thai girl’s best friend

Gold (not diamonds) is a Thai girl’s best friend

Gold in Thai Culture Thai people absolutely adore gold. It is an important part of their culture both symbolically and financially. They wear it, they use it religiously (Thai temples…

Our Thai baby is very very ugly

Our Thai baby is very very ugly

Bringing Home a Newborn Baby in Thailand We have recently brought our new baby home from the hospital. The first thing my wife did was stock up on food and…

Songkran 2016 (Koh Samui)

Songkran 2016 (Koh Samui)

It’s the 13th April and that means one thing in Thailand: Songkran. Songkran is New Year in the Thai calendar, which coincides with the ‘rising’ of Aries on the astrological…

Coffee in Love, Pai

Coffee in Love, Pai

Coffee in Love is a small road side coffee shop near Pai village, 144 km away from Chiang Mai. Nice enough coffee, good view but other than that nothing worth…

Happy Loi Krathong 2015

Happy Loi Krathong 2015

Happy Loi Krathong everyone! To those of you not familiar with Loi Krathong it is the closest thing in traditional South East Asian culture to Christmas. In Thailand it happens…

Cat on a string anyone? The truth about pet care in Thailand

Cat on a string anyone? The truth about pet care in Thailand

When I was growing up in England in the 1970s and 1980s our family always owned cats. Cat Flaps Owning cats was really popular back then and England was a…

A ‘proper plate of food’ in Thailand

A ‘proper plate of food’ in Thailand

Thai food is undoubtedly one of the great cuisines of the world: it has depth, range, subtly and strong themes to extract and mix with other cooking cultures. A Proper…

Pregnant Thai ladies: Truth Stranger Than Fiction

Pregnant Thai ladies: Truth Stranger Than Fiction

My wife is expecting. Wonderful news of course and I am delighted. However, all good things come at a price and this being Thailand that price is unusual and unexpected.…